'Did I ruin everything?' 'Every-what?' 'Every-us.'
Oh, man. :)
Was it really like this? First love? *sigh* I must be old then, because Eleanor and Park's charm was fresh to me. Truth be told, I breezed through the pages. I didn't mind the kind-of abrupt shift of Park's feelings towards Eleanor. I didn't care that Eleanor's issues at home were only bits and pieces, not really explaining this or that. I am unaware of these faults, because while I was reading, I was entranced - I was in love!
The bullying portrayed in Eleanor & Park were vivid, so real I can almost reach and give endless pain to this bunch of lowlifes. And yet how can they erase the colour of Eleanor, or the bravery of Park? It was amazingly hopeful, to fall in love beyond the hurt, and humiliation brought about by choosing to be different.
I thought the writing was beautiful. It mesmerizes, it jolts you to be emotional on what Eleanor and Park are going through! Rainbow Rowell totally captured the raw feelings during that age, that time. Whether Eleanor's feeling stupid, or Park's feeling defiant, the effect was always jarring.
The ending was kinda off for me though. I thought Eleanor just ran. She was strong, in ways she did not know, and she. just. ran.
Park will always be a favorite character from now on :) The ability to see past of what his eyes can see was astounding. What I would not give to have this boy at my side. Whisper to me those sweet words, Park. I am so in love with you. *blushes*
This is only my first affair with Rainbow Rowell's books. Now, I am dying to fall in love again. *winks*(less)
Ms. Clare, I know it's Jem who's dying, but can you please, pleasekill Tessa instead? And make Tessa's death look like an accident, if you may. Thank...moreMs. Clare, I know it's Jem who's dying, but can you please, pleasekill Tessa instead? And make Tessa's death look like an accident, if you may. Thanks. :)
Tessa, you bloody wanton. Neither Will nor Jem deserves a loser like you. Boo!(less)
Kody Keplinger fearlessly wrote about something that is almost always cloaked by taboo: teenage sex. Reading ab...moreI highly recommend The DUFF.
Kody Keplinger fearlessly wrote about something that is almost always cloaked by taboo: teenage sex. Reading about Bianca’s and Wesley’s sexscapades made me feverish! But it didn’t lack the constant reminder of what sex should really be about: a relationship between two people who care enough for each other and mature enough to share this intimacy responsibly.
Bianca is as real as it gets. A broken heart made her smart but cynical and sarcastic. Bianca’s reaction to her problems is totally relatable that I can’t help but think, Yes, I would’ve have done just the same. Escaping the ugly realities of her life by hooking up with the biggest, baddest man-wh*re in her school is just the right drug. But Bianca started to get irritating in the end. After realizing how strongly she felt for Wesley, she is the still the b*tchy, snarky, and rude girl that I met at the start of the book. Ms. Keplinger, it wouldn’t hurt if Bianca showed some gentleness to Wesley when they finally got together – for real.
I can only have lots of love for Wesley Rush! At first, I was kinda hoping that Keplinger wrote also in Wesley’s POV because I wanna know him aside from the jerk that he is. But later I realized it wouldn’t have worked. Reading the DUFF in Bianca’s POV and no one else’s only solidifies Wesley’s one-dimensional character that Bianca hates: his famous wild reputation with girls. But oh, how I love Wesley’s character being flipped on the other side! He was definitely swoon-worthy and (I can’t believe this at first but it’s true) boyfriend-material. Did I mention he is super funny in his own cocky way? ;) I have lots of laugh-out-loud moments because of his witty remarks and sexy comebacks to Bianca’s cynicism.
I love Bianca’s and Wesley’s story because it is so refreshing and brutally frank! Bianca’s friends Jessica and Casey are commendable characters that shone on their own. I don’t like Bianca’s mom, more so when Bianca easily forgave her after leaving her and her dad.
I found The DUFF unputdownable. The story pretty much embodies the all-too-real facts of teenage life: family letdowns, peer pressure, and the consequence of sex. Let me tell you something Bianca’s mom told her. No matter how far and how often you escape, reality catches up on you, eventually. It did catch Bianca eventually, but when Wesley’s the one doing the catching, she’s on for a happy ending.
Are you a DUFF? I’m sure you are, even once in your life. If yes, then this is your story – so read it.(less)
The stunning cover of These Broken Stars more than reflects the fantastic story it holds - it blatantly sums it up!
This is Love at First Sight Gone Wrong. Ha! (Sorry, Tarver.)
It is easier to judge Lilac with her heiress status, or Tarver with his rigid military training. The interaction between the two started from cute to hostile to disdain. More than once did these two dance around the mistrust of being with the only person in the planet. That annoyed me during the first half, but I think it was setup that way so that I'll feel the feels more than I should when things get very creepy. :D
So there they are, in some unknown planet, forced to be civilized with each other because really now, what does Lilac know about survival? And what does Tarver know about abandoned stations in a terraformed planet?
Surprisingly, Lilac is not dumb for a socialite. She reminds me of Tori from Quicksilver. And Tarver, what can I say? If ever I get stuck with no food to eat, or no shelter to salvage, let me be stuck with him. Pretty please? *bats eyelashes*
You might mistake this as a romance disguised as a science fiction. The swoon (and there are lots of them!) is a major plus to a horrifying story about a sick ambition of the most powerful man in the universe, across hyperspace and other dimensions. It was cruel, but kindness was shown to the end. And Lilac and Tarver will never be the same again.
These Broken Stars: the title alone is poetic enough. Haunting yet beautiful, Lilac and Tarver's story will make you feel strengthened, hopeful, loved.
Did I mention there are scary scavenging scenes in a corpse-filled crashed spaceship? *wiggles eyebrows*
Thank you Netgalley and Disney Hyperion for granting my galley request.
Halfway through Froi of the Exiles, I was sure it will be the first book I will rate 5 stars this 2012...moreI recommend Froi of the Exiles.
Halfway through Froi of the Exiles, I was sure it will be the first book I will rate 5 stars this 2012. Finishing it… well, I was hesitant. The ending left me with questions. Questions that should’ve been answered already. I felt there was no need for a cliffhanger ending because I would still anticipate the next book, knowing how awesome Froi’s story was. Still, Marchetta wrote so enchantingly that I have no doubt Lumatere Chronicles will become a legend among the YA fantasy shelf.
First few pages in and I can feel Froi’s character so strongly! I was smiling, laughing, and realizing how much I missed the characters from Finnikin of the Rock. I devoured every page, more so when I finally came into his scenes with Quintana. Quintana is unlike any character I’ve ever read! Marchetta built a character so brilliant that I loved Quintana from beginning to end (her unflinching dark past included). Froi’s and Quintana’s personality are both tough and resilient, but in a strange way they do not overpower each other. They complement each other that eventually their relationship flowed into one solid, unbreakable bond. Every scene is charged with electricity. Be it sweet or savage, it hooked me down to my seat. Their relationship was so different from Finnikin and Evanjalin, but it was riveting nonetheless. The new characters are very distinct in their roles. Among them, I loved Arjuro the most. Such a filthy mouth for an old priestling. Ha! But he’s sensible and touching beneath the grunts and growls.
There are lots of POVs and intertwining stories that I sometimes got confused and irritated. Froi. Finnikin. Lucian. Phaedra. I can only take one love story at a time, thank you very much! But I still love you, Finn. =)
If you enjoyed Finnikin of the Rock, you will consume Froi of the Exiles with equal fervor. The world of Charyn is gruesomely charming. Froi’s past and present allured me. But his future? Let’s find out on the next book, Quintana of Charyn. October 2012, hurry up!(less)